Everything You Need to Know about October!

In October, autumn comes into full swing. Let’s get in the fall mood! Learn why this month is called October, which holidays to look out for, what to do in the garden, what to bake in the kitchen, when to see the full Hunter’s Moon, and more!

The Month of October

This month’s name stems from Latin octo, “eight,” because this was the eighth month of the early Roman calendar. When the Romans converted to a 12-month calendar, the name October stuck despite that fact that it’s now the 10th month! 

October Calendar

October 9 is Leif Eriksson Day. 

 

October 11 is a busy day, with three holidays packed into it:

       ●   Canadian Thanksgiving. This holiday shares many similarities with its American equivalent.

       ●   Columbus Day (U.S.), a federal holiday, is observed on the second Monday in October. It was on

            October 12, 1492, that Christopher Columbus landed on a small island in the Bahamas,                                 convinced that he had reached Asia. 

       ●   Indigenous Peoples’ Day (U.S.)—a holiday that celebrates the history and cultures of indigenous                peoples native to what is today the United States. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated in cities                and states across the country, often alongside or in lieu of Columbus Day. 

 

October 18 is St. Luke’s Little Summer. This is a date steeped in folklore.  Traditionally, around Saint

Luke’s feast day, there is a period brief period of calm, dry weather. 

October 24 is United Nations Day, which aims to bring awareness to the work of the United Nations across the world.

 

October 31 is Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve)! Do you know the true history of Halloween? It’s not as frightful as you might think…